Good Reasons for a Tree to be Removed from Your Property

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Good Reasons for a Tree to be Removed from Your Property

20 March 2023
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If you want to remove a tree on your property, you should check with your council regarding the regulations surrounding trees. An arborist can also help you unravel the rules. In the meantime, here's a general overview of what may be considered good reasons to remove a tree. Ask yourself the following questions. 

Is a Tree Causing Property Damage?

If a tree is growing too close to your house's foundation or is pushing against an in-ground pool or other structure, you may have a good chance of getting permission to cut it down. The expansion of a tree's roots, while slow and steady, can exert a powerful force, even against concrete. The roots may also be breaking up the pavement. While you can trim the top of a tree to prevent it from hitting power lines and other objects, controlling the roots is not so easy, and the entire tree may have to be removed.

Does a Tree Pose a Threat?

While trees are usually calming, sometimes they can turn into a threat. A tree with unstable branches that are liable to snap at any moment is dangerous, as a person or pet could be underneath at the wrong moment. A dead tree or an insect-infested one is in a weakened state and thus hazardous. Sometimes an event like a wild storm can cause branches to crack and pull a tree out by its roots. If a tree is threatening personal safety, as in these cases, then you have a good case for removing it.

Is a Tree Diseased?

Only an arborist can tell you whether a tree is diseased. They can assess it and advise on whether it's treatable or whether you need tree removal services. Here are some signs to check for. You probably know that a deciduous tree drops its leaves in the winter. If the leaves are clinging to the branches rather than falling away naturally, then the relevant branches may have a disease. You can also notice the foliage in the summer, considering whether it's lush and healthy. The bark on the trunk can also help you notice if a tree is sick. Large cracks can be a sign of issues.

Sometimes pests can make a tree unhealthy. Termites can consume the inside of the trunk. Look for mud tubes along the tree. Other borers and beetles can also cause problems.

Is a Tree a Fire Risk?

If you live in an area where bushfires are a menace, you can usually get approval to remove nearby trees that could potentially spread fire on your property. Typically, the local council will have rules that specify the proximity of trees to buildings or property.

Contact a company like True Blue Tree and Stump Removal to learn more.